2018 Coaches Hot Seat and Teams that should be down this year

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Southerncharm, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Southerncharm

    Southerncharm Rookie

    Jun 13, 2014
    This will be a mix of power 5 and mid majors. I tend to give a break to mid majors because of funding and facility issues but some of them have had previous major success that are now struggling.

    Power 5
    1.Miami- Fairly new coach but the team is not very strong, best win is against a very below average Iowa team
    2. Clemson- Best win against Cornell which is a good win but sense around the program is that the team is not very good and should continue to struggle
    3. Penn State- a team to watch, seems to be down this year but getting a new facility soon.
    4. Iowa- This team is not very good and needs a new direction
    5. Nebraska- Should battle for the basement of the Big 10 with Iowa and Michigan State. New blood needed.
    6.Arizona- Like Miami should be much better, the new coach like Miami was not ready for a high major job.
    7. Alabama- Husack has by far his best team but overall body of work is terrible, let's see if there are usual transfers or if the team falls apart by the end of the season.
    8. LSU-I know they have a new coach but I just don't get the feeling this is going to go well.
    9. Purdue- Not very good, a team to keep an eye on.
    10. Washington- Should be way better, might be time for some new blood.
    11. Michigan State- Here every year
    12. Kentucky a team to keep an eye on
    13. Ole Miss- Some people might think this should be on the list but I think the jury is still out
    14. Utah- A team to keep an eye on

    Mid Major (Most Teams are out west for the obvious reason that location and history they should be good)
    1. George Washington- The new coach should be in the Pro's or private coaching. College tennis is not his thing. Team has bottomed out.
    2. San Diego State- New direction needed
    3. UC Irvine- Used to be good, now is irrelevant.
    4. North Florida- I know they have a brand new coach but I thought the hire was terrible. I can't believe they couldn't do better.
    5. Davidson- New direction needed
    6. Rice- Was on the hot seat a few years ago but had 2 years of solid teams but they are back to being under performing. A team to watch.
    7. St. Mary's- Used to have a competitive program, they are pretty bad now
    8. Nevada- See St. Mary's
    9. Boise State- Greg lost his way with recruiting the past 2 years taking some behavioral issue kids. Could take a while to get back on track.
    10. Gonzaga- yes, they are undefeated but it's time for a new direction. Nice new facility and name recognition with basketball but a very weak program.
    11. Pacific- Should be a lot better with a new facility
    12. Hawaii- Needs new blood, extremely weak

    Schools that need to add Men's Tennis (No Excuse not to add a Men's Team)
    1. Kansas
    2. Missouri
    3. Washington State
    4. Oregon State needs both M/W
    5. Kansas State
    6. San Jose State

    I expect a lot of blow back but thought I would start the conversation.
  2. ClarkC

    ClarkC Hall of Fame

    Jul 27, 2008
    Charlottesville, VA
    "Teams that should be down this year" and "Coaches hot seat" are two different lists. Some athletic departments don't support the men's tennis team very much and have no intention of firing the coach when the team has a down year, e.g. Michigan State. Mixing these two lists into one list will not add clarity to the topic.
  3. Johnny_forehand

    Johnny_forehand New User

    Apr 3, 2014
    I think Husack will still hit the self-destruct button and not make the tournament.
  4. LeftyServe

    LeftyServe Semi-Pro

    Dec 1, 2005
    This is Arizona's coach's first year with his own recruits. 4 freshman starters. Is it premature to expect big results this year, or do you really think he's not up to the task?
  5. xbr

    xbr Rookie

    Dec 29, 2017
    Same thing is with Miami. The coach needs time to get everything in the right place. Recruiting got better. Now he needs to show that his guys can play.
  6. Clemson_tennis

    Clemson_tennis Legend

    Feb 18, 2011
    Cedar City Utah
    Yeah I agree it's a bit too early for Arizona and Miami as well. The positives for those two is that the younger, newly recruited players are the most promising players on each team. It's the old guard holding them back, in each case.
  7. Collegetennisrules

    Collegetennisrules Rookie

    Feb 10, 2016
    This list is way off. Some new coaches need time to get things going in a meaningful way. Most AD's don't care about college tennis like big revenue sports. Seems that you are just trying to stir up contreversy for some of these programs. Your list is dead on for schools adding tennis men's programs but add Pittsburgh and Colorado to the the list.
  8. Rattler

    Rattler Professional

    Aug 23, 2009
    On the fringe
    Overheard from some current players on their roster yesterday at the Big 12 Championships that Erin Scott is out at UTSA
  9. Rattler

    Rattler Professional

    Aug 23, 2009
    On the fringe
    Oops...double post
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018

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